People who know me are generally surprised that I don't have high blood pressure. Overweight, forty, bad tempered, all the signs. Yet my blood pressure is 135/65 or in the words of a heart specialist I saw, "...better than most people out there...".
Yet when I go to the doctor my heart rate will jump 30 beats a minute and my blood pressure will spike. This is known as white coat hypertension or white coat syndrome. There is some controversy about white coat syndrome whether to treat it or not. Yesterday I went to the doctor for a physical and of course they got out the blood pressure cuff. The first reading was 145/95 and the last reading was 137/65. My heart rate was about 95 bpm until they took the cuff off.
My current doctor has advised me to get home blood pressure device and monitor it myself.